Senior Jennifer Elias attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders
Over the summer, Senior Jennifer Elias was selected and represented Regina High School at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Jennifer received the Award of Excellence for attending the honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or work in the medical research field.
During the three-day conference, Jennifer learned about leading medical research from Nobel Prize winners and National Medal of Science winners. She had the opportunity to meet with Ivy League academic leaders and top medical school deans, who talked about what to expect in medical school. She also heard stories from patients who are living medical miracles and witnessed cutting-edge advances in the future of medical technology. Some of Jennifer’s stand-out keynote speakers were Shree Bose, the 2011 grand prize winner of the Google Global Science Fair for her research on ovarian cancer, Carmen Tarleton, the recipient of the Nation’s Fifth Full Face Transplant, and former NFL star, Bo Eason.
Jennifer says, “My favorite part of the program was meeting new people who were interested in the same things as me and listening to some of the speakers. We watched a surgery operation being done via live-stream.”
Regina STEM Director, Mrs. Michels, who previously had Jennifer in her Biology, Health, and Computer Applications courses says, “Jennifer is highly driven and dedicated to her studies. She’s focused and possesses the skills needed for her to be academically successful in college and in her future medical career. Additionally, she is a caring student who gets along well with her peers.”
Jennifer has plans to attend the University of Detroit Mercy and major in biology. She would like to ultimately go into dentistry. “I like this line of work because of how interesting teeth are and all the little details that are put into it,” says Jennifer.
At Regina, Jennifer is an honor students and excels in science classes like chemistry and anatomy. “The classes talk about chemical make-ups and functions. I’m mainly interested in the mouth and teeth aspect, but it’s nice to learn about the body as a whole.” In addition, she is a Eucharistic Minister and participates in all of Regina’s Liturgies, mentors other students as a Peer Minister, runs track in the spring, and played on the defensive line in this year’s Powderpuff game.
Outside of the classroom, Jennifer enjoys painting and drawing and is very present in her church community at Holy Martyrs Chaldean Catholic Church. She participates in their Youth Group once a week, is a Eucharistic Minister, a classroom aid, and volunteers her time for their summer camp.
Jennifer's older sister, Stephanie Elias '17, also attended the Congress of Future Medical Leaders when she was a senior. Stephanie currently attends Oakland University and is majoring in biology. She would like to become a pediatrician.